A couple of weeks ago, Neta published a list of cool thrift shops to check out in the McAllen-Edinburg area. However, the northern side of the Valley isn’t the only part of the Rio Grande Valley with cool, budget-friendly, stores worth your time. If you’re from the lower part of the Valley or spending a weekend in the areas of Brownsville or Harlingen, check these stores out!
1. Texas Thrift-Brownsville
The Texas Thrift in Brownsville has a little bit of everything for everyone: an extensive collection of adult and children’s casual and dress shirts, pants and jeans, dresses, suits, ties, caps, and shoes. Clothing is organized by sizes, making it easy to sift through what fits for you. Texas Thrift also features a decent collection of books, CDs, DVDs, and VHS and cassette tapes (if you still use those!). The prices themselves are pretty accessible, but for extra savings, keep an eye out for Holiday savings or the Monday 99 cent special.
2. Family Thrift Center
The Family Thrift Center is the largest (exclusively) thrift center that I came across during my weekend thrift shopping. Like Texas Thrift, you can find a bit of everything here. Unlike Texas Thrift, Family Thrift sorts its clothing items by color. If you’re looking for a purse, Family Thrift has a pretty big selection towards on the back wall. Although the book selection was medium-size, I was able to find several gems, including a copy of “Love in the Times of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for $1.99. Another neat thing about the Family Thrift Center is that it has a restaurant and ATM machine conveniently located in the parking lot.
3. La Pulga-Brownsville
Although some may say that La Pulga is not technically a “thrift shop,” La Pulga in Brownsville is a magical place where you can find cheap steals and eat spiropapas at the same time. So it’s going on in this list. In an hour or two, you can probably take care of all your weekly errands at La Pulga. La Pulga is made up of multiple sellers, some selling used clothing and others selling new items at discount prices. You can also find vegetables and fruits, furniture, electronic appliances and accessories, San Marcos blankets, puppies, and an endless supply of snacks and food options at the Pulga. Sometimes there’s even live music as you shop!
4. Texas Thrift – Harlingen
The Texas Thrift in Harlingen was the second largest thrift shop I went to. As in Brownsville, there’s a little bit of everything at this store, including adult and children’s casual and dress shirts, pants and jeans, dresses, suits, ties, caps, shoes. There’s also a variety of books and toys at this store. This particular store features recurring specials. Tuesday through Sunday there’s a 50 percent discount, Mondays you can find items for 99 cents, and Tuesdays there’s a 30 percent senior discount.
5. Antique Emporium
Except for a small selection of vintage options that you can find towards the back of the store, Antique Emporium doesn’t feature a wide selection of clothing items. However, you can find a lot of other antique and collectible items there that make the store worth your visit. You can find antique iron-clad irons, collectible toys, including Barbie dolls from the 1990’s and earlier, and vintage jewelry, cups, and plates. My favorite thing about this store was its wide collection of collectible vinyl records and comics. While there, I found The Eagles’ Hotel California, a collection of Billie Holiday’s best hits, and several other classics.
Did we miss any? Let us know where you like to go thrifting in the comments.